Top 10 Finish for Bailey in 10k Sprint

By Linda Jager | Jan. 18, 2013, 12 a.m. (ET)

ANTHOLZ-ANTERSELVA,Italy (January 18, 2013) - Lowell Bailey (Lake Placid, NY) raced to a 7th place finish today in the men's 10-kilometer sprint at World Cup 6 in Antholz-Anterselva, posting the top performance for Team USA. Cleaning both stages, Bailey crossed the finish with a time of  23:26.1, 40.3 seconds back from Anton Shipulin (FRA), winning today's sprint with clean shooting and a time of 22:45.8. Emil Hegle Svendsen (NOR) took second (22:58.6/1+1), and Jakov Fak (SLO) finished third (23:06.2/0+1).

"Today everything came together," said Bailey. "I felt good on the track and felt solid and composed in the range. I left a little in the tank for the last lap and I guess that proved pretty important in the end!  Really looking forward to tomorrow!" With today's performance, Bailey moves into 29th place in the total World Cup score.

Leif Nordgren (Marine, MN) placed 40th, posting 24:25 with two penalties. Tim Burke (Paul Smiths, NY) finished 45th with a time of 24:32.2 (1+2), Russell Currier (Stockholm, ME)  crossed the finish at 85th (25:57.1/3+1) and Jay Hakkinen (Kasilof, AK) finished 94th (26:12.9/2+2), in a tie with Milanko Petrovic (SRB). Extended 10-kilometer sprint results are available here.

Bailey, Nordgren and Burke will race tomorrow's 12.5 kilometer pursuit, beginning at 9:15 am (ET) and webcast live here. The men's pursuit start list and race results will be available here.

Annelies Cook (Saranac Lake, NY), Sara Studebaker (Boise, ID) and Susan Dunklee (Barton, VT) will race in tomorrow's 10-kilometer pursuit beginning at 5:45 am (ET), and webcast live here. The women's pursuit start list and race results will be available here